Lawrence completed his undergraduate at Claremont-McKenna College as a Point Scholar, earning an honors degree in religious studies and government. He was again selected as a Point Scholar to continue his legal education at New York University, where he earned membership to the Law Review.

Lawrence currently serves as the Director of the Maricopa Community College District’s Center for Civic Participation, the largest community college district in the nation. He formerly served as a Policy Advisor to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on issues including education and homelessness and has been a professor at the Arizona Summit Law School, where he teaches courses including civil rights and constitutional litigation. Lawrence is a member of the Roosevelt School District Governing Board, where he has championed an innovative anti-bullying policy, expanded access to after school programs, and founded a non-profit called Good Things Grow building outdoor classrooms where students can get their hands dirty learning about STEM. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Arizona School Board Association.

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